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1st Edition

Multimodal Literacies Across Digital Learning Contexts

ISBN 9780367681043
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
286 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection critically considers the question of how learning and teaching should be conceived, understood, and approached in light of the changing nature of learning scenarios and new pedagogies in this current age of multimodal digital texts, practices, and communities.

The book takes the concept of digital artifacts as being composed of multiple meaning-making semiotic resources, such as visuals, music, and design, as its point of departure to explore how diverse communities interact with these tools and develop and explore their understanding of digital practices in learning contexts. The first section of the volume examines different case studies in which involved participants learn to grapple with the introduction of digital tools for learning in children’s early years of schooling. The second section extends the focus to secondary and higher education settings as digital learning tools grow more complex as do students, parents, and teachers’ interactions with them and the subsequent need for new pedagogies to rethink these multimodal artifacts. A final section reflects on the implications of new multimodal tools, technologies, and pedagogies for teachers, such as on teacher training and community building among educators.

In its in-depth look at multimodal approaches to learning as meaning-making in a digital world, this book will be of interest to students and scholars in multimodality, English language teaching, digital communication, and education.

Table of Contents

Multimodal Literacies Across Digital Learning Contexts: An Open-Ended Agenda

Maria Grazia Sindoni and Ilaria Moschini


  1. A Sensational Theory of Designed Experience: Replacement Parts for a Theory of Multimodality
  2. Qing Archer Zhang and James Paul Gee

  3. Pedagogies for Digital Learning: From Transpositional Grammar to the Literacies of Education
  4. Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis

    Section A. Focus on Children: From Pre-School to Primary Education

  5. Stars, Scores and Cheers. A Social Semiotic Critique of "Fun" Learning in Commercial Educational Software for Children
  6. Gunhild Kvåle

  7. Storytelling with Children in Informal Contexts: Learning to Narrate Across the Offline/Online Boundaries
  8. Maria Bortoluzzi, Elisa Bertoldi and Ivana Marenzi

  9. Multilingual Children’s Expressions of Participation in Preschools Using Digital Tablets Petra Petersen
  10. Watching the Sound: Sign-Making in Musical Expressiveness of Children with Motor-Related Disabilities Made Through Eye Tracking Software
  11. Záira Bomfante Dos Santos, Clarice Lage Gualberto and Sônia Maria Oliveira Pimenta

  12. Popularizing Scientific Knowledge for Children: A Multimodal Perspective
  13. Giuliana Diani

    Section B. Focus on Youth: From Secondary to Higher Education

  14. Exploring Multimodality in Video Podcasting to Enhance Intercultural Awareness in the East Asian Context
  15. Martin Parsons, Mikel Garant and Larry Walker

  16. Recognition of Student Resources in Digital Environments
  17. Arlene Archer

  18. Theory and Practice of the Common Framework of Reference for Intercultural Digital Literacies (CFRIDiL)
  19. Maria Grazia Sindoni, Elisabetta Adami, Styliani Karatza, Ilaria Moschini and Sandra Petroni

    Section C. Focus on Teachers: Practices and Pedagogies

  20. Preparing for Teaching Digital Literacies in the Curriculum Disciplines: Meta-Semiotic Knowledge and Pedagogy
  21. Pauline Jones, Annette Turney, Helen Georgiou and Wendy Nielsen

  22. Analyzing Attitudinal Stance in OpenCourseWare Lectures: An Experimental Mixed-Method Approach
  23. Belinda Crawford Camiciottoli

  24. Making Science Easier to Access: Investigating Academic Social Networks as "Composites of Connotations"
  25. Flavia Cavaliere

  26. Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Multimodal Digital Academic Numeracy Practices

Robert Prince

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Maria Grazia Sindoni, PhD, is Professor of English Linguistics and Translation in the Department of Ancient and Modern Civilizations at the University of Messina, Italy. Her main interests include multimodal discourse studies, systemic-functional grammar, applied linguistics and video-mediated communication.

Ilaria Moschini, PhD, is Assistant Professor of English Linguistics and Translation in the Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology at the University of Florence, Italy. Her main research interests are digital media language and political discourse that she investigates adopting a critical multimodal approach.


"Ranging from educational apps for preschool children to online university lectures and from critical software analyses to detailed curriculum and assessment proposals, this up to date and comprehensive collection will be an unmissable source of information and insight for anyone interested in the ever greater role of digital media and multimodal communication in education and learning generally." - Theo van Leeuwen, Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark and Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia